Stephen Paulus has been composing music in a variety of genre since he was thirteen years old. Among the over 200 works are more than 30 orchestral works, 8 full length operas, dozens of choral works and numerous compositions for solo voice and for chamber ensembles. He grew up in Minnesota, and attended Macalester College in St. Paul before completing his academic and musical studies at the University of Minnesota in 1978. Although he studied piano from age ten, and received a BA in piano performance, his primary interest has always been composing and, with Libby Larson, he co-founded the Minnesota Composers Forum in 1973, which he served for eleven years as manager and primary fund raiser. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the American Society of Composers and Performers (ASCAP). He also serves on the Board of the American Composers forum. In 1983 he was appointed Composer in Residence with the Minnesota Orchestra under conductor Neville Marriner. Subsequently he became Composer in Residence with the Atlanta Symphony under Robert Shaw, and at numerous music festivals such as Tanglewood, Aspen, Santa Fe, Aldeburgh, England and Edinburgh, Scotland. His opera, The Postman Always Rings Twice, was the first American opera to be performed at the Edinburgh Festival. His newest opera, Heloise And Abelard, was premiered in April 2002 at the Juilliard School of Music in New York. He is the recipient of both Guggenheim and NEA Fellowships. He is married to artist Patty Paulus and has two sons. The National symphony presented the world premier of his Behold This Man, George Washington on September 12, 2005.